Daniel P. O'Connor, PhD
Associate Professor, Measurement & Evaluation
University of Houston
3855 Holman St, Garrison Rm 104
Houston, TX 77204-6015
Paid Research Assistantships are available.*
· I am currently the principal investigator of a four-year CDC demonstration project evaluating outcomes of a national, multisite childhood obesity project.
· I also work as an investigator on research projects funded by NIH, NASA, NIDRR, and the Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute.
· My students are actively involved in these projects, interacting with a wide variety of investigators from the University of Houston and many institutions across the United States.
· The graduate application and more about the HHP graduate programs can be found at http://hhp.uh.edu/grad/.
*Students whom I advise have priority for assistantships, but other HHP graduate students are eligible.
Research Focus and Interests
· Methodology: Evaluating and explaining individual variation in health outcomes and health-related quality of life.
· Evaluating the effectiveness of health-related interventions, particularly clinical interventions.
· Contextual effects: how characteristics of the person, social and physical environments, and systems interact to affect health.
· Applying statistical models to health data, including generalized, multilevel, longitudinal, and latent variable models.
· Obesity, child obesity, physical activity, exercise, orthopedic surgery, health and wellness, quality of life.
What I do, described in "Up-Goer Five" terms:
I study why different people respond in different ways to things that happen in their lives, so I can understand how to help people become and stay fit, happy, and well. I also help doctors study how to help people who have been sick or hurt.
Active Externally Funded Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
· Principal Investigator: Best Evaluation Tools and Techniques for Effective Recommedations for Policies (BETTER Policies): ACA Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration – Evaluation Center (Component B), October 2011 - September 2015.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
· Co-Investigator: Air Barrier System to Reduce Contamination of Wounds During Surgery (NIGMS), August 2011 - July 2014. (Principal Investigator Sean Self)
· Consultant: Training Interventions and Genetic Exercise Response (TIGER) study (NIDDK), June 2010 - May 2014. (Principal Investigator Molly Bray)
National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA)
· Co-Investigator: The Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Microgravity on Salivary Markers of Innate Immunity, October 2011 - September 2014. (Principal Investigator Richard Simpson)
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitaion Research (U.S. Department of Education)
· Co-Investigator: Development of a Virtual Reality Weight Management Intervention for Mobility Impaired Women (GoWoman). November 2012 to October 2015. (Principal Investigator Margaret Nosek)
Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute
· Principal Investigator: Clinical and Translational Methods and Outcomes in Orthopedic Surgery, December 2008 - November 2011; renewed December 2011 - November 2014.
PEP 6305 – Measurement in Health and Exercise Science
PEP 7397 – Applied Regression Models for Health Research
PEP 8306 – Principles of Scientific Inquiry
PEP 8304 – Doctoral Seminar
PEP 8323 – Proposal Writing for the Health Professions